HBO World Championship Boxing Saturday Night from Las Vegas: Bradley vs. Chaves, Korobov vs. Lee, Herrera vs. Benavidez

hbo-boxingHBO BOXING® PRESENTS THE HOT TRIPLEHEADER

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®:  TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. DIEGO CHAVES,

MATT KOROBOV VS. ANDY LEE AND MAURICIO HERRERA VS. JOSE BENAVIDEZ

SATURDAY, DEC. 13 FROM LAS VEGAS

A talented international cast takes the spotlight in Las Vegas when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. DIEGO CHAVES, MATT KOROBOV VS. ANDY LEE AND MAURICIO HERRERA VS. JOSE BENAVIDEZ is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 13 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 14 (8:45 a.m.) and 15 (midnight)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 14 (6:00 p.m.) and 16 (midnight)

Former junior welterweight and welterweight champ Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1, 12 KOs) of Palm Springs, Cal. is one of the sport’s most recognizable fighters.  Polished and resourceful. Following his first loss as a pro to superstar Manny Pacquiao last April, he’ll look to bounce back in this 12-round welterweight rumble.

Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a power puncher who seeks to score a knockout in every fight. He was disqualified for excessive fouling in the ninth round of his last outing, a competitive ten-round bout with Brandon Rios in which one judge had him ahead.

Second on the bill, two gritty middleweights square off for a vacant 160-pound title belt, as Matt Korobov (24-0, 13 KOs) meets Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) in a 12-round contest. Both Korobov, a 2008 Russian Olympic team member, and the London-born Lee, a veteran of the 2004 Irish Olympic team, are pursuing their first world championship, which could lead to huge fights in the competitive division.

The opening bout is a super lightweight showdown pitting Mauricio Herrera of Riverside, Cal. (21-4, 7 KOs) against Jose Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs) of Phoenix in a 12-round tilt. Herrera has fought some of the most dangerous opponents in the division, including titlists Mike Alvarado, Danny Garcia and Ruslan Provodnikov. Benavidez had a sensational amateur career, winning the Golden Gloves national championship at age 16. Since turning pro at 17, he’s undefeated in 21 bouts.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, HBO’s flagship boxing series, launched in Jan. 1973, and is the top-performing boxing series on TV.

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Johnathan Evans.

® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

Real Sports returns Tuesday with a Roundtable Review of 2014

hbo-real-sportsREAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

PRESENTS A ROUNDTABLE REVIEW OF 2014

WHEN IT RETURNS TUESDAY, DEC. 16

            REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL caps its 20th season with a special roundtable review of the show’s most memorable moments this year when the series’ 213th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, DEC. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on Facebook at facebook.com/realsports and Twitter at @RealSportsHBO.

Departing from the show’s regular format, host Bryant Gumbel leads correspondents Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Andrea Kremer, Soledad O’Brien, Carl Quintanilla and David Scott in a spirited roundtable discussion of 2014, touching on everything from favorite stories of the year to the interviews and segments that had the greatest impact on them.

The REAL SPORTS team traveled the globe in 2014 in pursuit of high-impact stories that resonate on a worldwide level, visiting: Athens, Greece and Manaus and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to examine “white elephants,” world-class stadiums built for events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup, which often remain unused and serve as symbols of financial incompetence afterward; Qatar, the tiny Middle Eastern nation that secured the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but has been dogged by scandal, including accusations of bribery and inhumane, even deadly, labor practices in connection with its winning bid; and Italy, France, Germany and the Far East to investigate an elaborate, multi-continental network of match-fixing in professional soccer.

REAL SPORTS looked at hot-button issues, covering: marijuana use in the NFL as an alternative to opiate-based painkillers; the marketing of shooting sports to children in the U.S. in order to build the next generation of firearm consumers and gun supporters; alleged unsafe breeding practices in the world of competitive dog shows and their affect on canine health; the NCAA student-athlete academic reform that was mandated in 2003 to promote better education practices at big-time universities such as the University of North Carolina, and subsequent reports of fraud; a widespread and dangerous drug culture that’s killing dozens of race horses every week in the U.S.; and the radical ideas being proposed to reverse the declining popularity of golf.

The show met inspiring and memorable people, among them: Gunnar Esiason and his father, former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Boomer Esiason, who shares an incredible bond with correspondent Frank Deford as a father to a child with cystic fibrosis; and Fallon Fox, who became the first openly transgender MMA fighter in 2013.

REAL SPORTS was there when computer-based sport activities took center stage, revealing how eSports, one of the fastest-growing spectator sports, has infiltrated the college landscape, and exploring the rapid growth of daily fantasy sports into a billion-dollar industry.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 19 (10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.), 21 (11:00 a.m., 3:45 a.m.), 23 (11:30 p.m.), 26 (2:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 27 (8:15 a.m.) and 30 (7:00 p.m., 3:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 17 (4:45 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 31 (8:45 a.m., 10:30 p.m.), and Jan. 2 (2:30 p.m., 3:00 a.m.), 4 (8:40 a.m.) and 17 (2:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability: Dec. 17-Jan. 7

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Joe Perskie; senior coordinating producer, Nick Dolin; coordinating producer, Tim Walker; producers, Lisa Bennett, Maggie Burbank, Chapman Downes, Josh Fine, Jordan Kronick and Jason Samuels; associate producers, Nisreen Habbal, Katie Melone, Beret Remak and Jake Rosenwasser; production associates, Adam Berkowitz, Max Gershberg and Naimah Jabali-Nash.

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HBO Boxing After Dark returns Saturday Night from Brooklyn

hbo-boxingHBO BOXING® PRESENTS A SIZZLING LATE-NIGHT

TRIPLEHEADER FROM BROOKLYN’S BARCLAYS CENTER WHEN

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: DAVID LEMIEUX VS. GABRIEL ROSADO,

HUGO CENTENO JR. VS. JAMES DE LA ROSA AND

THOMAS DULORME VS. HANK LUNDY IS SEEN SATURDAY, DEC. 6

HBO Boxing presents a sizzling night of ring action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: DAVID LEMIEUX VS. GABRIEL ROSADO, HUGO CENTENO JR. VS. JAMES DE LA ROSA AND THOMAS DULORME VS. HANK LUNDY is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 6 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 7 (9:30 a.m.) and 8 (12:45 a.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Dec. 9 (11:45 p.m.)

In the main event, engaging David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) of Montreal brings his hard-hitting reputation to HBO for the first time. This 12-round, 160-pound middleweight fight has all the earmarks of a brawl, as he meets Philadelphia’s hard-nosed Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs).

In the middle bout, the highly-regarded Hugo Centeno Jr. (21-0, 11 KOs), from the boxing hotbed of Oxnard, Cal., meets James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs) of Harlingen, Tex., in a middleweight clash scheduled for ten rounds. De La Rosa is coming off the biggest victory of his career over Alfredo Angulo.

The opening bout is an intriguing 140-pound junior welterweight showdown featuring Puerto Rico’s Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs). The scheduled ten-round fight is Dulorme’s fourth bout in New York.

The telecast marks HBO’s third trip to Barclays Center, which is quickly becoming a hot spot in the fight game.

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Johnathan Evans.

® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

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Tonight on Real Sports: How the cops in Watts (LA) forged a relationship in the community

hbo-real-sportsREAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

PROFILES THE WATTS BEARS YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAM;

WHEN THE SHOW RETURNS NOV. 25 ON HBO

HBO Real Sports: The Watts Bears
Carl Quintanilla speaks with community members and police officers in Watts (LA) about the unlikely success of the Watts Bears. Real Sports debuts Tues., Nov. 25 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO.

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 212th edition debuts at a special time on TUESDAY, NOV. 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Segments include:

            *The Watts Bears.  REAL SPORTS visits Watts, Los Angeles, long a source of anti-police resentment. In 1965, the neighborhood was the site of race riots that left 34 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, resulting in nearly 4,000 arrests. In the decades since, gang activity and a tumultuous relationship between residents and police have been a constant.

Today, a football team is bridging the gap between communities and cops. It started in 2011, when the LAPD and LA Housing Authority launched the Community Safety Partnership (CSP). Among other initiatives, that meant starting a football program to take kids out of the gang culture of the street and unite them on the field. While the team has struggled for wins, their impact is felt throughout the community. Despite affiliations that might otherwise deem them enemies, parents and other residents support the team together, while the number of homicides has dropped from 79 in the decade before CSP, to just four in three years. REAL SPORTS correspondent Carl Quintanilla speaks with community members and police officers about the Watts Bears.

Producer: Maggie Burbank.

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Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev airs Saturday, Nov. 15 on HBO

hbo-boxingHBO BOXING® PRESENTS AN AFTERNOON EDITION FEATURING THE

BATTLE FOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD WHEN

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. KUBRAT PULEV

AIRS SATURDAY, NOV. 15 ON HBO

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK begins early with a special presentation of a heavyweight title showdown when WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. KUBRAT PULEV is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 15 at 4:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), exclusively on HBO, with an encore presentation later that day at midnight (ET/PT). The HBO Sports team will capture all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Nov. 16 (9:00 a.m.) and 17 (12:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Nov. 16 (4:45 p.m.) and 18 (11:00 p.m.)

Reigning world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs), originally from Ukraine and now fighting primarily in Germany, puts his championship belts on the line against Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs), from Sofia, Bulgaria, in a scheduled 12-round title bout from the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. In his 19th appearance on HBO, the 38-year-old Klitschko will be seeking his 17th consecutive successful heavyweight title defense, which would rank as the third-most behind legendary heavyweight champs Joe Louis, who had 25, and Larry Holmes, with 20.

Pulev, 33, is undefeated as a pro following an amateur career in which he won several European tournaments and gold medals. In Aug. 2013, he defeated American Tony Thompson in a title elimination contest, paving the way to this showdown.

“Fight fans recognize the history, mystique and legacy of the heavyweight championship, and we are delighted to present the world’s premier heavyweight, Wladimir Klitsckho, live on HBO,” says Peter Nelson, vice president, HBO Sports Programming. “Wladimir represents all the great qualities that one embraces in sport. We are looking forward to televising his 17th world title defense live.”

Also that day, HBO Latino presents an exclusive doubleheader from San Antonio at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), when Gilberto Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) takes on Fulgencio Zuniga (27-9-1, 24 KOs) in a super middleweight bout and Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs) goes up against Alberto Garza (26-8-1, 21 KOs) in a middleweight contest.

Follow HBO Boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxingand on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

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Tuesday’s Real Sports Probes Low Pay in the Thriving Minor League Baseball Industry

hbo-real-sportsREAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL EXPLORES

THE POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN HEAD TRAUMA AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOR;

PROBES LOW PAY IN THE THRIVING MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INDUSTRY;

EXAMINES THE “EAT WHAT YOU KILL” PHENOMENON; AND

SPOTLIGHTS VIDEO GAMING IN COLLEGE SPORTS

WHEN THE EMMY®-WINNING SHOW RETURNS OCT. 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 211th edition debuts TUESDAY, OCT. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

(Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University researching the brains of former NFL players.)

*Violent Connection. While head injuries and their profound effect on former players have generated headlines and a steady stream of litigation for the National Football League in recent years, a new crisis emerged in 2014 centering on domestic violence. Now, REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel discovers that the two issues might have more to do with each other than many imagine. He visits Boston University, where neuroscientists have conducted studies concluding that more than 50% of former athletes, most of them former football players, who had the brain disease CTE developed some kind of violent physical behavior despite no prior history of violence. Frankel also sits down with the widows of two such players, Paul Oliver and Ray Easterling, to hear frightening accounts of how their husbands changed from gentle, loving partners and fathers to violent, out-of-control men.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

*Minor League Pay. Major League Baseball is healthier – and richer – than ever. Five franchises are worth more than a billion dollars and overall league revenue is expected to approach $9 billion for the 2014 season, with attendance figures among the highest in history. Despite what might be MLB’s largest economic boom, the profits aren’t reaching the lower ranks of pro baseball. Adjusted for inflation, minor league salaries have actually gone down during the boom. In addition to receiving no compensation for spring training service or instructional league assignments, players are paid only for the five months they play, are not represented by a union and have no say in working conditions or salary structure. As a result, 32 players, led by former San Francisco Giants minor leaguer-turned-lawyer Garrett Broshuis, have filed a lawsuit against the league and all of its teams. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel speaks with Broshuis and others about the overhaul they feel is necessary in Major League Baseball’s farm system.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

(Host Bryant Gumbel on an “Eat What You Kill” hunt in Florida.)

            *Eat What You Kill. Americans eat an average of 200 pounds of meat a year, but many give no thought to how it gets to their plates. However, a growing contingency of carnivores in the U.S. preach a lifestyle guided by the “Eat What You Kill” philosophy. Those men and women only consume animal meat that they have hunted and prepared themselves. Some do it for health reasons, arguing that antibiotics and hormones affect factory farm meat, while others cite ethics and spirituality. REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel meets some “Eat What You Kill” adherents, including former “Fear Factor” host Joe Rogan, and learns that many are not from rural areas, but urban dwellers. Gumbel takes viewers through the “Eat What You Kill” process, from hunt to preparation, where virtually all parts of the body, from the heart to the testicles, are used.

Producer: Tim Walker.

(Members of the Robert Morris University varsity eSports team.)

            *eSports. Whether video gaming, or eSports, is the anti-sport or the sport of the next generation, it’s big business, currently grossing more than $60 billion a year. That’s roughly four times the size of the music business and nearly twice the size of the film industry. Video gaming has even become one of the fastest-growing spectator sports in the world, which may surprise those unfamiliar with eSports, but competitive gamers have shown that the profession provides lucrative opportunities.

When REAL SPORTS’ Soledad O’Brien first reported this story in Oct. 2013, she went behind the scenes of the League of Legends World Championships at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the competition was broadcast live to millions of people around the globe and had the eSports world buzzing. A year later, she visits Robert Morris University in Chicago, where eSports has become their newest varsity sport, and meets the members of the first scholarship eSports team in the country as they prepare for their inaugural season.

Producers: Jake Rosenwasser, Maggie Burbank.

Other HBO playdates: Oct. 21 (3:20 a.m.), 24 (9:30 a.m., 9:00 p.m.), 27 (12:45 p.m.), 28 (7:00 p.m.) and 30 (2:00 a.m.), and Nov. 2 (9:00 a.m.), 4 (midnight), 5 (7:30 p.m.) and 8 (9:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 25 (2:30 p.m.), 29 (noon, 8:00 p.m.) and 31 (4:00 p.m.), and Nov. 11 (10:00 a.m., 2:45 a.m.), 15 (4:40 p.m.) and 21 (midnight)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

REAL SPORTS was recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. It is the only sports program ever honored with two duPont Awards, first in 2005 and again in 2012. Debuting April 2, 1995, the series has captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, receiving 26 Sports Emmys® overall.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on Oct. 21, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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EXCERPTS

Tim Pahuta was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2005, a year after former San Francisco Giants’ minor leaguer Garrett Broshuis. On the field he was often the star, hitting 112 career homeruns. At home, he was a pauper.

JON FRANKEL: “When you took stock of your situation, and you looked around, you said, ‘Wait a minute.  I’m livin’ with four other guys in a two-bedroom apartment on an air mattress.  Aren’t I a professional athlete?’”

TIM PAHUTA: “Yeah, right.  That’s exactly what you say to yourself. You don’t feel like a professional athlete at that point. You feel like an unwanted commodity.”

Pahuta was a very good minor league baseball player…a phone call away from making it, is what they say about guys like him…a phone call, that never came…and last year, after nine years, and six different teams, Pahuta knew it was time to get on with the rest of his life.

The disappointment was hard enough, but these days Pahuta has a more immediate issue.

JON FRANKEL: “So this is the room you grew up in?”

TIM PAHUTA: “This is it. This is it right here.”

Having finally given up on his dream, Pahuta is back home, living with Mom and Dad.

JON FRANKEL: “Living at your parents’ house?”

TIM PAHUTA: “Absolutely.”

JON FRANKEL: “How does that roll off the tongue?”

TIM PAHUTA: “It feels terrible.  It’s embarrassing.  You’re 31 years old, and you live at your parents’ house?  How do you pick up a chick like that? You can’t do it.”

JON FRANKEL: “Are the memories worth something? Are the memories worth…”

TIM PAHUTA: “Try paying the rent with a memory. I retired with $300 in my bank account.”

JON FRANKEL: “$300.”

TIM PAHUTA: “You’d be amazed at how many people I ran into during my career that thought we make a lotta money. Meanwhile, you make more than me doin’ whatever you do. It doesn’t matter. Person servin’ hotdogs in the stadium makes more than the guy playing first base for the team everybody’s paying to go watch.”

The lawsuit Broshuis filed earlier this year against Major League Baseball and all of its teams, has 32 plaintiffs, including a former slugger named Tim Pahuta.

The suit alleges not just that the players are paid below the federal minimum wage, but also, that for weeks and months at a time, they are not paid for their work at all.

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Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons — Series finale debuts next Tuesday

hard-knocks-hboHARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS

SERIES FINALE DEBUTS TUESDAY, SEPT. 2

Episode #5 (series finale)

Debut: TUESDAY, SEPT. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Sept. 3 (4:45 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 4 (1:15 p.m., 1:35 a.m.), 5 (11:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m.), 6 (9:30 a.m., 10:15 p.m.), 7 (6:30 a.m.) and 8 (2:45 a.m.)

            HBO2 playdates: Sept. 5 (11:15 p.m.) and 9 (4:00 p.m.)

            The preseason comes to a close as the Falcons head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars; coaches evaluate player performances as they prepare for the cuts that will finalize the 53-man roster.

A 30-person NFL Films crew is at the Falcons’ training camp at team headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews have unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #HardKnocks and follow @HBO and @Atlanta_Falcons for updates.

New Editions of STATE OF PLAY Debut Tuesdays in Prime Time Starting November 11

hbo-logoHBO SPORTS® PRESENTS NEW EDITIONS OF

THE INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY SERIES

STATE OF PLAY,FROM ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER PETER BERG,

DEBUTING TUESDAYS IN PRIME TIME FOR

FOUR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS STARTING NOV. 11

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First Show Features One-On-One Interview With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

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NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2014 – HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film in the topical series, begins with a 30-minute cinéma vérité documentary that explores how the National Football League, America’s most popular sports organization, is confronting its biggest challenge: making the game safer. This compelling film chronicles the physical toll the game takes on its players, a subject that has taken center stage at all levels of the sport over the past two years. How does the sport of football survive and thrive with long-term injuries piling up and lawsuits being filed at courthouses? The special features unprecedented access to the halls of the NFL and its Players Association, gathering viewpoints from football’s business leaders and fans.

Following the documentary, Peter Berg (HBO’s “The Leftovers”; Emmy® nominee for “Friday Night Lights”) sits down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for an exclusive 20-minute one-on-one interview.

The other three STATE OF PLAY shows debut subsequent Tuesdays – Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 – at the same time, with topics to be announced when confirmed.

Presented by Film 44 and HBO Sports, STATE OF PLAY takes on complex and multi-layered themes in sports, exploring their relationship to larger society. Each edition spotlights a topic or person whose impact on the contemporary sports world is undeniable, opening with a brief overview, followed by a cinéma vérité documentary and concluding with an in-depth roundtable discussion that includes the filmmakers, subjects and guest experts. Berg serves as moderator of the panel discussion.

“STATE OF PLAY launched with an exceptional ‘Trophy Kids’ presentation last December, and we are eager for HBO subscribers to watch this intriguing and engaging new collection of films from Peter Berg and his talented producers,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. “Peter and his team dig deep for compelling stories that are contemporary, strike a chord and spark discussion.”

“State of Play: Trophy Kids,” which debuted in Dec. 2013, earned rave reviews for its penetrating report on the growing obsession many parents have with the scholastic athletic performance of their children. Variety wrote, “Going beyond X’s and O’s and wins and losses, HBO Sports’ ‘State of Play’ brings much-needed reflection and a wider lens to the sports universe — tackling a particular topic in a cinema-verite-style documentary.”

            New York’s Daily News observed, “Director Peter Berg delivers a compelling look at how parents put too much pressure on children’s sports,” while the Washington Times said, “As tough as it is to watch, it should be required viewing for every adult involved in youth sports: parents, coaches, educators, and concerned family and friends.”

“State of Play: Trophy Kids” will have an encore play Tuesday, Oct. 7 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) on HBO.

The new editions of STATE OF PLAY will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

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Hard Knocks Episode #3 Premieres Tuesday on HBO

hard-knocks-hboHARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS

AUG. 19 EPISODE

Episode #3

Debut: TUESDAY, AUG. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 20 (5:15 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 21 (12:30 p.m., 3:10 a.m.), 22 (9:15 a.m., 2:00 a.m.), 23 (11:30 a.m., 2:20 a.m.), 24 (10:30 a.m.) and 25 (10:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 20 (4:45 a.m.), 22 (4:10 a.m.) and 26 (6:20 p.m.)

With jobs on the line, training camp heats up. The Falcons fly to Houston to take on the Texans in two mid-week scrimmages, followed by the second preseason game. Competition for the backup quarterback job intensifies.

 

A 30-person NFL Films crew is at the Falcons’ training camp at team headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews have unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #HardKnocks and follow @HBO and @Atlanta_Falcons for updates.

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Real Sports returns Tuesday with Three All-New Segments

hbo-real-sports

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

PROFILES EAGLES SNAPPER AND PROFESSIONAL MAGICIAN JON DORENBOS;

GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH SKATEBOARDING ENTREPRENEUR ROB DYRDEK; AND

RECONNECTS WITH NICK SCHUYLER, LONE SURVIVOR OF A BOATING

ACCIDENT THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF THREE FOOTBALL PLAYERS

WHEN THE EMMY®-WINNING SHOW RETURNS AUG. 19, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 209th edition debuts at a special time TUESDAY, AUG. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

*Magic Man. Now in his 12th NFL season, Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro long snapper Jon Dorenbos has been a largely anonymous but steady special teams player in a league known for constant personnel turnover. Despite his success on the field, however, Dorenbos’ love of magic has defined his life, offering the salvation that helped him through the darkest moments of his childhood. During a seemingly picture-perfect upbringing in the suburbs of Seattle, his life changed forever when his father beat his mother to death with a power tool in a fit of rage. Attempting to cheer up the reeling adolescent, a friend introduced Dorenbos to the art of magic and he instantly became hooked. Host Bryant Gumbel sits down with Jon Dorenbos to hear about the impact of magic and football on his life and witness firsthand his mastery of trickery and illusion.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

*Peter Pan on Wheels. When Rob Dyrdek first took up skateboarding almost three decades ago, he never imagined the sport would transform him from high-school dropout to professional skateboarder, MTV star, multi-million-dollar brand endorser and sports-league founder. After a successful run as a pro skateboarder, his MTV show “Rob & Big” debuted in 2006; based on a sketch he created for DC Shoes, his main sponsor, it’s one of the most successful shows in the network’s history. In 2009, the southern California resident launched another MTV show, “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” which is about to begin shooting its seventh season. But his most significant contribution to the sport came in 2010 when he founded Street League Skateboarding in an effort to establish skateboarding as a true competitive sport. It subsequently became an internationally recognized league and began a multi-year deal with Fox Sports1 this year. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel goes one-on-one with the 40-year-old entrepreneur to learn more about his tremendous impact on the skateboarding industry, and vice-versa.

Producer: Maggie Burbank.

            *Lone Survivor. In Aug. 2009, REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg sat down with former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler for an exclusive, extended interview as he spoke for the first time about the harrowing boating accident that claimed the lives of three friends and nearly took his own. On Feb. 28, 2009, Schuyler and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida teammate Will Bleakley headed out to the Gulf of Mexico for a day of fishing. But a tragic mistake caused the boat to capsize and the four men clung to the overturned hull as a storm battered them through the night. When the Coast Guard finally discovered the vessel 46 hours later, it was 70 miles west of Tampa, and Schuyler was the only one left alive.

Since the accident, however, his account and motives have been questioned by the victims’ families, with whom he has no relationship. He later recounted his story in a 2010 memoir, and a big-budget movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Schuyler is currently in development. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg reconnects with the former football player, who is now one of the highest-ranked competitors in the fitness craze CrossFit, to see how he has picked up the pieces of his life.

Producers: Josh Fine, Nick Dolin, Joe Perskie.

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 19 (11:00 p.m.), 21 (8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.), 23 (10:30 a.m.), 25 (4:45 p.m.), 27 (4:05 a.m.) and 31 (10:30 a.m.), and Sept. 3 (8:00 p.m.), 11 (1:00 p.m.) and 16 (12:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 22 (1:30 p.m.), 24 (8:30 a.m.), 27 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (8:15 a.m.), and Sept. 2 (6:00 p.m.), 6 (3:30 p.m.), 9 (12:30 a.m.), 18 (1:30 p.m.) and 20 (3:00 a.m.)

            REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

PROFILES EAGLES SNAPPER AND PROFESSIONAL MAGICIAN JON DORENBOS

WHEN THE EMMY®-WINNING SHOW RETURNS TUESDAY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 209th edition debuts at a special time TUESDAY, AUG. 19 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT & 8:00 p.m. CT) on HBO.

Segments include:

*Magic Man. Now in his 12th NFL season, Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro long snapper Jon Dorenbos has been a largely anonymous but steady special teams player in a league known for constant personnel turnover. Despite his success on the field, however, Dorenbos’ love of magic has defined his life, offering the salvation that helped him through the darkest moments of his childhood. During a seemingly picture-perfect upbringing in the suburbs of Seattle, his life changed forever when his father beat his mother to death with a power tool in a fit of rage. Attempting to cheer up the reeling adolescent, a friend introduced Dorenbos to the art of magic and he instantly became hooked.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

Watch the exclusive web clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYeZ36Kh-gE&list=UUWPQB43yGKEum3eW0P9N_nQ

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EXCERPTS:

JON DORENBOS: When people ask me what I do for a living and– they’re, ‘Oh, a long snapper.’  They, ‘Well, what’s that?’ And I’d be like, ‘Well, you know the guy who kicks it?  ‘Oh, yeah.’  ‘I’m not that cool.  You know the guy that holds it?’  ‘Oh, yeah.’  ‘Yeah. I’m not that cool, either.  I’m the guy that kinda looks between my legs and I snap it.’ And people will be like, huh?

HBO’s BRYANT GUMBEL: You are almost inarguably, the most anonymous person in pro football?

JON DORENBOS: Love it. Love it.

 

Voiceover

He may play his football in Philly … but Dorenbos takes his magic act all over the country …

BRYANT GUMBEL: So, finish this for me: but for magic, I’d have…

JON DORENBOS: Wow. An empty part of my soul.

BRYANT GUMBEL: It was empty and magic filled it?

JON DORENBOS: Yeah. I attribute who I am today to what magic did for me at the worst time and the lowest time of my life.

 

Voiceover

That lowest point came 12 years into Jon Dorenbos’ life … a life that played out in an idyllic suburb outside of Seattle … his mom, Kathy, was a librarian … his dad, Alan, worked at Microsoft and was president of the local little league.

 

But everything changed dramatically back in August of 1992 when young Jon returned home from playing touch football with friends.

 

JON DORENBOS: August 2nd is a date I’ll never forget.

BRYANT GUMBEL: You came home. Dad said, ‘Mom went for a walk.’ You and your dad played cards, played chess.

JON DORENBOS: Yep.

BRYANT GUMBEL: He seem normal?

JON DORENBOS: Yeah.  Totally normal.

BRYANT GUMBEL: Had your mom ever gone for a nighttime walk before?

JON DORENBOS: No.

BRYANT GUMBEL: So, when he said, ‘Mom’s out goin’ for a walk,’ bells didn’t go off in your head?

JON DORENBOS:  No.  As a kid you don’t see the evil side of life yet.

 

Voiceover

 

The next morning Kathy Dorenbos was still gone … which is when Jon noticed that his baseball gear was not in the garage, where it had always been, but had been instead, brought inside, by his father …

 

JON DORENBOS: Everything in the garage that I would’ve needed was on the kitchen table. Then he walked me up to the top of the driveway, said goodbye, And he probably knew what his future held.  And I had no idea what mine did.

 

Voiceover

Jon Dorenbos had no idea that while he’d been playing football the night before … his parents had argued and his father had snapped …

 

{SOT local news}

“Alan Dorenbos turned himself into King County police this morning and showed them the body of his wife.”

 

In a fit of anger, Alan Dorenbos had beat his wife to death with a power tool, stuffed her in a sleeping bag and hid her in the trunk of the family car …

 

During questioning he confessed to the police …

 

{ALAN DORENBOS SOT – Police tapes}

“I knew that I killed her … and I knew my son was going to be coming home … and I couldn’t let Jonathan see her like that …”

BRYANT GUMBEL: All of us– saw our parents fight, argue, you must have?

JON DORENBOS: No more than any– probably anybody else. I didn’t live in a violent house.  I didn’t live in an angry house.

BRYANT GUMBEL:  The therapist that was assigned to you, John Walter was of the belief that rather than shield you from all that was going on, you would be better served if he immersed you in the process.

JON DORENBOS:  Yeah.

BRYANT GUMBEL:  So, that meant testifying.

JON DORENBOS:  I remember saying ‘Will this help end this?’  And they said, ‘Yeah.’  And I said, ‘Okay.  I’ll do it.’

BRYANT GUMBEL: Were you in court every day?

JON DORENBOS: Yeah.

BRYANT GUMBEL: Forgive me.  Because there’s no gentle way of asking this.  You saw your mom’s autopsy photos?

JON DORENBOS:  Uh-huh. I don’t think there’s anything in life that’ll ever be harder than that. I peeked at it.  And I just closed the folder and slid it away.

BRYANT GUMBEL: You peeked.  You didn’t stare?

JON DORENBOS: That’s all I needed.  And I went out to a cliff at Puget Sound.  And I remember just sittin’ on the cliff.  And I just screamed.

Voiceover

At his trial Alan Dorenbos testified that he killed his wife in self-defense … the jury didn’t buy it …

 

{SOT: “We find the defendant Alan Dorenbos guilty of murder in the second degree”}

 

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison … Meaning that at the age of 12, Jon had effectively lost both of his parents … desperate for answers he and his older sister Krissy confronted their father in the state penitentiary at Walla Walla.

 

Voiceover

Depressed by tragedy, young Jon’s life only began to change when a family friend, in an attempt to cheer Dorenbos up, introduced him to magic …

 

Dorenbos was hooked …

JON DORENBOS: I would record these magic specials on TV. And then, I could put the VCR in late at night, and I could watch the magic shows, and I could try and figure ‘em out. I would go in my room for hours and hours and hours.  I would literally have a little flashlight. And my sister and I shared a room.  And she would be– she’d fall asleep.  And I’d click this flashlight on. And then, all of a sudden, I’d look over at the clock and it’s 6:00 in the morning and I gotta go to school at, like, 7:40. And I’d be like, ‘Holy cow.’  Boom.

KRISSY DORENBOS (his sister): I swear there was a couple of times that he intentionally broke dishes when it was his turn to do the dishes so that he could be sent to his room so that he could practice his magic.  (laughs)

JON DORENBOS: It was this place that I could go that nothing else around me mattered. It gave me a purpose.  It gave me something that didn’t reject me. It gave me something that I could work at and I could see a progression and I could master.